Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Downtown, Seattle, Washington

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Pros

  • Perfectly situated in interesting, historic neighborhood
  • Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs and iPod docks
  • Short walk to many downtown attractions
  • Easy access to trains, ferries, light rail, and bus service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Water views on higher floors

Cons

  • No room service
  • Smallsh rooms
  • Somewhat sketchy neighborhood at night

Bottom Line

Luxurious it isn’t, but the Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square gets big points for its lively, well-chosen locale and no-nickel-and-diming attitude. Contemporary rooms may be on the small side, but they're pretty stylish for a chain and have up-to-date tech features. Given the captivating, historic neighborhood, you’ll likely spend little time in them.

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 Scene

You will never run out of things to do at this historically important -- but down-to-earth – mid-range downtown hotel

Take a building from the early 1900s located in one of the most historic neighborhoods of downtown Seattle, refurbish it from top to bottom (but keep a few vintage touches), and you’ve got the Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square -- a brilliantly situated, 222-room, 15-story hotel on 2nd Avenue. This smaller-scale Marriott (the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, one mile away, seems comparatively enormous) certainly isn’t the prettiest kid on the block, but it straddles three of the most visit-worthy sections of downtown Seattle, making almost every attraction completely accessible by foot. Rooms are on the small side and ambiance is limited -- the somewhat charmless lobby combines tourist brochures, an open "business center," and a TV screen -- but what you get for your money is a true taste of Seattle history and a big dose of convenience.

 Location

Proximity to a historic neighborhood, the waterfront, sports games, and classic Seattle destinations

For visitors to Seattle, the Courtyard Pioneer Square couldn’t have plopped itself down in a better neighborhood: Walk left out the front door and you’re minutes away from the Amtrak station and sports stadiums; walk to the right and you’re heading towards shopping and the iconic Pike Place market; and go one block ahead and you run smack into historic Pioneer Square, an area that marks Seattle’s original "downtown," dating back to 1852. (In fact, the popular Underground Seattle tour, where you literally walk beneath street level, through original structures, meets a mere two minutes from the hotel.) The area -- home to early brick-and-stone buildings that represent Romanesque Revival-style architecture -- is now teeming with eclectic art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques; a hop-on/hop-off sightseeing bus that leaves a block from the hotel, covers even more tourist territory.

  • 1-minute walk to Light Rail Station with transportation to Sea-Tac Airport ($2.50)
  • 1-minute walk to Pioneer Square
  • Less-than-10-minute walk to Qwest Field (Seahawks) and Safeco Field (Mariners)
  • Less-than-10-minute walk to ferries, Aquarium, and waterfront
  • 15-minute walk to Pike Place Market and Seattle Art Museum
  • 20-minute walk (or 5-minute drive) to Pier 66 cruise terminal
  • 20- to 30-minute drive to Sea-Tac Airport (about $38 to $45 taxi fare)

 Rooms

This chain hotel features 222 contemporaryrooms and 40 suites in a historic, 1904 building

Two Queens Guestroom
Two Queens Guestroom

Rooms -- some of which are on the small side -- are better than at your typical run-of-the-mill chain, with contemporary and even somewhat stylish decor. If you book a west-facing room above the 10th floor, you’ll be rewarded with a rather expansive view of Puget Sound (and possibly a degree of after-hours pub noise). Beds are downright cushy, and studios (there are 26 of them, designed for stays of 30-plus days) come complete with a stovetop, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, and dishes. That might be a good thing, as there’s no room service in the hotel and the neighborhood gets a bit sketchy at night. (Note, though, that local restaurants will deliver food upon request.)

All Rooms Include:

  • 32-inch LCD-screen TV with premium cable channels and pay-per-view
  • iPod dock
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Shower/tub combination
  • iPod dock
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee/tea maker

 Features

Wi-Fi is free and parking is cheaper than at other Seattle hotels, making this well-placed chain property an affordable choice

  • Safe deposit box at front desk
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Fitness center with indoor pool
  • 4,600 square feet of meeting space (nine rooms total, including ballroom)
  • Internet access in lobby
  • Valet parking ($28/day)

 Food

A casual bistro and a Starbucks

  • The Bistro Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual space. One area has red cushioned chairs and a TV on the wall, the other is a little more stylish, with wood floors and blue leather banquet seating.
  • Starbucks on-site
  • Local restaurant delivery available

 Bottom Line

Luxurious it isn’t, but the Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square gets big points for its lively, well-chosen locale and no-nickel-and-diming attitude. Contemporary rooms may be on the small side, but they're pretty stylish for a chain and have up-to-date tech features. Given the captivating, historic neighborhood, you’ll likely spend little time in them.

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Address

  • 612 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104, US

Room Types

  • Bay View King Guest Room
  • Bay View Two Queens Guest Room
  • King Guest Room
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Studio Apartment
  • Two Queens Guest Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 262
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Downtown, Seattle
Address: 612 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98104, US
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